At a live press conference from Missouri's capital in Jefferson City on Tuesday, Gov. Eric Greitens announced that he will resign effective this Friday, June 1.
What was his explanation?
The governor said, "I love Missouri and I love our people. That love remains...We have accomplished a lot together. I'm proud of you, and I'm proud of all of our work."
He then added: "The last few months have been incredibly difficult for me, for my family, for my team, for my friends, and for many, many people that I love," saying "this ordeal was designed to create an incredible amount of strain on my family...designed to cause maximum damage."
Greitens became emotional when he said, "The time has come though, to tend to those who are wounded, and to care for those who need us most."
Following the governor's closing statements, as he turns and walks back through the doors behind him, a reporter is heard yelling, "Governor, did you take the photo?" The reporter was referring to the blackmail accusations against Greitens.
Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson is expected to take over as governor of the state.